Originally developed to help deep-sea divers overcome decompression sickness, also called "the bends," hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is used today to accelerate the healing of wounds that are slow to close on their own. HBOT therapy is also used to help fight certain types of infections and to treat conditions ranging from cyanide or carbon monoxide poisoning to radiation injuries.
What Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Involves
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a specialized treatment that allows you to breathe pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. High concentrations of oxygen, ranging from 10 to 20 times normal, are delivered to the bloodstream. This pure oxygen can penetrate areas that oxygen-carrying red blood cells cannot reach. As a result, it helps revitalize tissues that receive poor blood flow and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels. Increased oxygen also enables more infection-fighting white blood cells to reach affected areas. Most patients require treatment over the course of several weeks to effectively treat wounds.
The HBOT Treatment Experience
Hyperbaric therapy is painless and most patients watch movies or sleep during their treatments. A Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) will monitor your treatment at all times and a physician will always be present. During treatment the technologist will slowly increase the air pressure. As the pressure increases initially and decreases at the end of the treatment, you may notice a sensation similar to changing altitude in an airplane. Your technologist will monitor you at all times and will help you equalize the pressure in your ears.
Approved HBOT Indications
The following indications are approved by Medicare for treatment using HBOT:
- Actinomycosis Infection
- Acute Peripheral Arterial Insufficiency
- Arterial Gas Embolism
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning/Cyanide Poisoning
- Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis (Bone Infection)
- Compromised Skin Flaps/Grafts
- Decompression Illness (the bends)
- Diabetic Wounds
- Exceptional Blood Loss Anemia
- Gas Gangrene
- Intracranial Abscess
- Osteoradionecrosis and Soft Tissue Radiation Necrosis
The Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Davis Hospital
The Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Center at Davis Hospital is staffed by experienced physicians and other healthcare professionals who are especially trained in hyperbaric medicine.
We are located on the campus of Davis Hospital, on the ground floor of the Robert Bitner Medical Office Building, at 2132 North 1700 West, Suite100, in Layton, with convenient access to parking. Hyperbaric oxygen treatments are available Monday through Friday.
For more information, please call 801-807-7900.